Headaches can relentlessly ruin your daily routine and affect your day-to-day tasks. There are several different types of headaches for various reasons. A headache caused due to a problem in the neck or cervical spine is probably a cervicogenic headache. The underlying problem of cervicogenic headaches is dysfunction in the neck muscles, joints, or ligaments. Cervicogenic headache symptoms include the following:
- Pain on one side of the face/head
- Neck Stiffness
- Headache due to certain neck movements
What causes Cervicogenic headaches?
Neck pain headaches occur because of excessive pressure on the cervical spine. It can happen due to changes in the neck as a consequence of an incorrect posture. Moreover, lifestyle activities like repetitive movements or prolonged sitting can cause the problem. Several other cervicogenic headache causes include the following:
5 things to know about cervicogenic headaches:
With a neck problem, performing exercises might be tempting. However, with cervicogenic headaches, exercises should be performed with a proper expert’s opinion. Following are the five things one should know about cervicogenic headaches:
1. The reason behind this headache lies in the cervical spine:
The most common reason behind cervicogenic headache is injury (whiplash) to the neck. Cervicogenic headache can be caused due to pinched or compressed nerve, strain, or arthritis of the neck.
2. This headache doesn’t feel like other headaches:
Cervicogenic headaches occur on only one side of the head starting from the back of the head. One of the significant differences between cervicogenic headaches and other types of headaches is that this type originates from the neck.
3. Your work ergonomics may be the one to blame:
Whiplash injuries, accidents, or falls aren’t the only reasons behind a cervicogenic headache. Slouching/strain due to the work desk and chair could also cause a headache. Sitting on a desk for too long can bring on a cervicogenic headache as well.
4. Got an old mattress or pillow? Get rid of it now!
Sleep is supposed to be the time when your body can rest. Now using the correct pillow and mattress can be a way to prevent cervicogenic headaches. Placing the right pillow/cushion in a way that aligns the neck with your back along with the proper sleeping posture is essential. Replace your old mattress and pillow, they might also be causing you pain.
5. KKT treatment might help!
No Pain | No Drugs | No Surgery
KKT offers revolutionary noninvasive orthopedic treatment for spinal ailments. Now people suffering from back and neck problems have a non-surgical treatment option. KKT also offers treatment for cervicogenic headache(s) under the supervision of highly qualified orthopedic consultants.
Following are some of the positive impacts of KKT treatment on spinal health:
- Improves the overall body posture
- Reactivates the body’s self-healing process
- Strengthens the muscles, joints, and ligaments that support the spine
- Keeps the body in perfect alignment, maintaining the spine’s natural curvature
In case of spine-related issues, book an appointment with KKT orthopedic consultants in Lahore, Karachi, Rawalpindi, and centers in other metropolitan cities across Pakistan.